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Iain R Spink with his Arbroath Smokies © James Fraser Photography
Arbroath Smokies

Iain R. Spink shows how he smokes on location in the traditional way.

  • Arbroath Smokies
    Arbroath Smokies
  • A stall at Blairgowrie community farmers' market
    Blairgowrie farmers' market
  • Cheeses at St Andrew's Farmhouse Cheese Company
    St Andrew's Farmhouse Cheese Company
  • A dish of haggis, neeps and tatties at the Failford Inn, South Ayrshire
    A dish of haggis, neeps and tatties at the Failford Inn, South Ayrshire
  • Rack of Scottish Borders' lamb
    Rack of Scottish Borders' lamb

Although the country's national dish, haggis, is one of the best known traditional Scottish foods, there are many more sumptuous offerings and local flavours to enjoy.

From the sea

Scotland is well-known for its wonderful fish and seafood and there are many places where you can watch the day's catch being brought in from the boats. Be sure to try some of the country's favourite fish dishes including Cullen Skink, Finnan Haddie and, of course, traditional fish and chips.

One of the country's most distinctive fish dishes is Arbroath Smokies. They are created by smoke-curing haddock over hot oak chips which gives the fish a strong flavour and rich, golden colour. Arbroath in Angus is the only place that the delicacy is produced, and only haddock smoked within five miles of the town can be called a genuine Smokie.

From the land

Not only that, but Scotland is also known for the quality of its beef, lamb and pork. The rich flavour of the Aberdeen Angus breed of cattle, or the unique taste of North Ronaldsay lamb, which feed almost entirely on seaweed, are just two of the examples of Scotland's world-famous produce. Don't miss out on seasonal game too, including wild venison and pheasant.

Sweet treats

Enjoy traditional sweet treats from around the country such as one of Scotland's oldest and most famed recipes - the Selkirk Bannock. The fruit cake is said to have first been made by Robbie Douglas who opened his shop in the Scottish Borders in 1859. Queen Victoria is famously said to have refused all else with her tea apart from a slice of bannock when she visited Sir Walter Scott’s granddaughter in Abbotsford.

If you have a really sweet tooth, you will love Scotland’s array of sugary treats. Sample tasty Scottish tablet, similar to fudge but with a harder, grainy texture, or the Borders’ Moffat Toffee which are in fact hard boiled sweets with a lemon-flavoured centre.

There are also plenty unique cheeses and dairy produce to taste, from Dumfries & Galloway and Ayrshire & Arran, to Orkney and beyond.

Scotch whisky is reputed the world over and you can find it used in recipes throughout the country. A particularly indulgent example is the dessert, Cranachan, which is often enjoyed at Scottish banquets, It is made from a mixture of whipped cream, whisky, honey, fresh raspberries and topped with toasted oats - a real guilty pleasure.

Buy local

Sample delicious local produce at restaurants and eateries across the country, or pick up your own ingredients to recreate these dishes yourself at Scotland's many farmers' markets and specialist food shops.

Browse the listings to discover more local produce and producers across Scotland.

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  1. H M Sheridan

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Aberdeen

    H M Sheridan is a butchers shop selling a variety of different meats.

  2. Waterside Cafe Bistro & Gallery

    Type

    Bistros & Brasseries

    Gradings

    Dunvegan

    A warm welcome awaits you at Waterside Cafe Bistro & Gallery. Work by Local Artists is on display, at reasonable prices, which can be viewed in comfort whilst enjoying our delicious home cooking, espresso coffees, or something stronger from the bar.

  3. St Mary’s Market (Saturdays)

    Type

    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Welcome to St Mary's Market

  4. Roundsquare Roastery

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    South Ayrshire

    Why should coffee be bland and lacking in flavour? This annoys us at Roundsquare Roastery. We are trying to rid the world of boring, dull, over roasted coffee one cup at a time. As Ayrshire's only coffee roastery we have a unique product.

  5. Ottavio

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Specialist ice-cream store situated in the historic Old Town region of Edinburgh.

  6. Gloagburn Farm Shop

    Type

    Farmers Markets & Shops

    Gradings

    • Taste Our Best
    Taste Our Best

    Perth

    Gloagburn Farm Shop opened in June 2003 selling good, wholesome, fresh, locally produced foode specialise in our homemade produce, Scottish products, locally grown vegetables and fruit and organic wines.

  7. The Piemaker

    Type

    Takeaway

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    Welcome to The Piemaker. See our website for more detailed information or LIKE us on Facebook. www.thepiemaker.co.uk

  8. Bayleaf Delicatessen

    Type

    Delicatessen

    Gradings

    Stromness

    Welcome to Bayleaf Delicatessen

  9. Stewart Tower Dairy

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Perth

    High quality ice cream using fresh milk from the Stewart Tower Dairy herd.

  10. Real Foods - Brougham Street EH3 9JH

    Type

    Producers & Specialist Shops

    Gradings

    Edinburgh

    For over 40 years Real Foods has been selling natural, organic and vegetarian food in Edinburgh and worldwide. When you visit our shops you are visiting the largest independent Scottish retailer of Organic, Fairtrade, Vegetarian and Special Diet food

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